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Trenchless technology and open-cut construction can be fulfilled by increasing the demand for underground construction.

Iowa utility contractor Precision Underground Utilities is described by owner Jamie Nobiling as a small, family-run business with high expectations.

In November 2014, Trenchless Construction Services L.L.C. successfully completed the challenging Mosquito Pass Cable Conduit Installation Project for the Orcas Power & Light Cooperative (OPELCO).

Jeff Griffin, Senior Editor

The new Ditch Witch HDD Advisor is an intuitive, web-based tool to help select the best downhole tool options to match the drill unit being used plus job site soil conditions – key elements in successfully completing any horizontal directional drilling (HDD) installation.

Jeff Griffin , Senior Editor

After hurricanes, tornadoes, ice storms and other natural disasters that disrupt vital infrastructure services by downing overhead power and communications lines, there invariably is the question: “Why don’t they put those wires underground?”

There are two obvious answers:

• Immediately after such disasters the priority is restoring services, not planning and executing projects to convert aerial to underground; and
• It costs too much – funds simply are not available for costly overhead-to-underground conversions.

The Center for Innovative Grouting Materials and Technology (CIGMAT) and the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, University of Houston, hosted a one-day conference and exhibition on at the University of Houston on March 6. More than 350 people comprised of owners, consulting engineers, material supplies, contractors and academia participated in the annual conference.

Jeff Griffin, Senior Editor

Last winter, crews of Points Athabasca Contracting LP were laboring in the sub-zero weather to replace old drainage pipe along the highway between Melville and Regina in the Canadian Province of Saskatchewan for the Saskatchewan Department of Highways and Transportation.

The Power & Communication Contractors Association celebrated its 70th Annual Convention, March 6-11, in Palm Beach, Aruba, with more than 300 members and their families in attendance.

Underground construction jobs are sometimes like Christmas: You never know for sure what you’re going to get.

EDITOR’S NOTE: In 2016, NASSCO will celebrate its 40th year of setting standards for the assessment and rehabilitation of underground infrastructure. As we look forward, we also look back to those who have made significant contributions and have impacted the continued acceptance and use of trenchless technologies.

This installment in the series features Marc Anctil. It is the seventh installment in a series of articles exploring the history of NASSCO through the eyes of industry leaders.

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